Women’s livelihood bond, Lok Capital’s exits, economically targeted pension fund investments, the…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Dealflow: Follow the Money IIX raises $8 million with Women’s Livelihood Bond on Singapore Stock Exchange. The bond offered by the Impact Investment Exchange is expected to help 385,000 women in Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and other southeast Asian countries transition from subsistence to sustainable livelihoods. It will provide credit and loans to microfinance

Resilience in Brazil, Mirova buys Althelia, pandemic bonds, Brief Quiz №21

Hello ImpactAlpha readers! Many U.S. readers are heading out for a long weekend, and so are we. See you again next Wednesday. #Featured: Returns on Investment podcast Brazilian impact investors are resilient and optimistic. With the economy in recession and the government in turmoil, Brazilian investors could be feeling glum. But Fernando Scodro of Grupo

Future of impact, climate investor one, India’s development impact bond, Big Renewables

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic ‘Future of impact’ requires investment, philanthropy — and business as a force for good. As Bill Gates says, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” For its 10th anniversary last month, Liquidnet For Good hosted

Wrestling with gender (podcast), pay-as-you-go merger, Canadian startups, Mission 2020

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Returns on Investment (podcast) What’s the value of gender diversity, anyway? The ongoing series of gender eruptions in Silicon Valley and elsewhere suggest a provocative question: does the representation of women on corporate boards really improve corporate performance? “What is Arianna Huffington doing on the board of Uber?” Imogen Rose-Smith of

Inclusive homeownership, mobile credit scoring, an army of intermediaries, living buildings

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic Bridging the homeownership divide. Pick your statistic: racial wealth disparities in the U.S. are colossal and — moral implications aside — toxic for our economy. Inclusive home ownership is the single biggest lever for overcoming the disparities. Self-Help Credit Union, the Durham, North Carolina-based community lender, has helped more than 50,000 low-income residents in

#ShareYourData, cities take leadership, growth market fintech, rural renewables

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: #ShareYourData Putting impact investments on the map. Jean Case issued a “clarion call” to impact investors and entrepreneurs to #ShareYourData about financing, returns and impact. “It is your early activity and data — made transparent — that will propel the drive to the mainstream,” she writes in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The CEO of

LeapFrog’s $180M bet, small business finance gap, investing in refugee futures, the Brief Quiz

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: The Brief Quiz №20 Stumbling, dodging and…troubling? The U.S. stumbled on inclusion, according to this year’s Social Progress Index. Which countries went in the other direction? SOCAP launched a new conference and Nigeria launched a new agriculture fund. Which one will have more “impact”? The U.N. Sustainable Development goals are emerging as